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In This Issue

Association News
- Downtown redevelopment districts webinar – April 12
- Joint Taxation & Finance and Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee - April 25
OCCO Legislative Reception - register today!

April is National County Government Month

State News
- Ohio EPA awards education grants
- Ohio Materials Marketplace: a reuse/recycle solution
- Get recognition for your community rehab project!

Federal News

- USDA qualifies Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties as natural disaster areas due to drought
- 2017 County Health Rankings released; grants available

NACo News
- NACo launches new civic education resources
NACo Arts and Culture Awards applications available
NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Education and Grants
- Stepping Up technical assistance call - April 12
- Increasing community engagement in your county's justice system - April 13

- AOS to host cybersecurity seminars
- Cultivating healthy communities grant
- Youth in custody practice model initiative

Job Postings
CCAO publishes classified ads on our website free of charge as a service to counties. When submitting your ad to CCAO, please provide a link to the online job posting and a deadline date. Email your classified ad to Mary Jane Neiman, CCAO public relations associate. 

Statehouse Report
Check out the Statehouse Report for the CCAO Policy Team's updates about legislative activity affecting Ohio's counties. 


Print Version

Downtown redevelopment districts webinar – April 12

CCAO is pleased to offer a one-hour webinar on April 12 at 9:30 a.m. on “Downtown
Redevelopment Districts.” During the past year, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation to provide additional tools to meet the challenges of local governments establishing downtown redevelopment districts (DRD). DRDs operate similarly to tax increment financing districts except that the collected service payments can be used for a wider array of uses, including grants and loans to owners of historic buildings for renovation. This is a potential tool for courthouse restoration and renovation.

This webinar will focus on:
  • What is a downtown redevelopment district?
  • What is an innovation district?
  • Who establishes a downtown redevelopment district?
  • What is the territory of the district?
  • What are the economic development plan requirements?
  • What are the revenue sources and uses?
  • What are the reporting requirements?
  • How do you certify a courthouse as a historic building?
How can DRDs be used to address maintenance and rehab costs with historic county courthouses? 
Our speaker is David J. Robinson, the principal and founder of the Montrose Group, LLC. Previously, David worked for a decade managing government relations practices’ in large law firms and served in the Ohio House of Representatives. David is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the Fisher School of Business Advanced Management Program.
Click here to register. If you experience difficulty in registering, please contact Curt Pratt, CCAO
administrative assistant, and provide him with your name, title, employer and email address. For
additional information regarding the topic for this webinar, please contact Brad Cole, CCAO
managing director of research, at (614) 220-7981 or (888) 757-1904. Read more…

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Joint Taxation & Finance and Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee – April 25

The CCAO Taxation & Finance and the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committees will hold a joint committee meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at the CCAO offices, 209 East State Street, in Columbus.
The focus of the meeting will be 1) legislative efforts to modify the formula for county agricultural use valuation (CAUV) and, 2) the use LLC’s to avoid the payment of county conveyance fees and the use of the dark store valuation strategy to lower real property taxes. Click here to review the agenda and information before the committee meeting.

Lunch will be served during the meeting. In order to have an accurate count for lunch, please notify Tanya McComas, CCAO Administrative Assistant, at (614) 221-5627 by April 21st if you will be attending this meeting.

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OCCO Legislative Reception – register today!
During National County Government Month, the Ohio Council of County Officials (OCCO) is hosting a Legislative Reception on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-7 p.m. for county elected officials and members of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. Statewide office holders have also been invited.
OCCO is an organization that strives to unite the associations representing county auditors, commissioners, clerk of courts, coroners, engineers, prosecuting attorneys, recorders, treasurers, sheriffs and judges in order to promote sound, efficient and fiscally responsible government. It serves as a forum to provide information about issues of importance to county elected officials and allows members the opportunity to work on legislative issues of mutual concern.
Since April is National County Government Month, we hope county commissioners, county executives, county council members and all county elected officials will join OCCO for this Reception/Open House on April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.
Personally invite your members of the Ohio General Assembly to the reception and make an appointment to discuss issues of importance to your county.
Online registration is open. There is no charge to attend, but registration is necessary for planning purposes. Click here for more information.

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April is National County Government Month
National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community.
The theme for this year’s celebration of NCGM is “Brilliant Ideas that Work,” showcasing how counties are trailblazing new approaches to seize opportunities and overcome community challenges.

Share information about your county's NCGM activities with CCAO Communications Coordinator Andrew Johnson.

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Ohio EPA awards education grants

The Ohio EPA Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awarded eight grants totaling $35,614 for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community. Here are some of the grants:
  • $5,000 – Bike Miami Valley
    Up to 6,000 bicyclists will have an opportunity to reduce tailpipe emissions by attending one or more of 24 Miami Valley events and leaving their cars at home. Cyclists will be able to keep their rides safe at the events using  complimentary, attended, secure spaces. Organizers will calculate emissions savings by the number of miles participants rode to the events.
  • $5,000 - Washington Soil and Water Conservation District
    More than 61,000 Washington County residents annually will have an opportunity to learn about precipitation and groundwater at 10 events. Viewers will learn how rain water and snow melt affects ground water.
  • $5,000 - Licking County Health Department (LCHD)
    LCHD is currently undertaking a long-term habitat restoration and education project at its 20-acre campus. The goal of the health and habitat project is to create a 1,500 square foot wildflower garden where young children and adults can view native wildflowers, butterflies and birds in a safe outdoor setting.
  • $4,800 - Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District
    More than 10,000 Delaware-area residents will have an opportunity to learn about watersheds at a state-of-the-art topographic 3-D map design station to help teach students about topographic maps and landforms.
  • $3,000 - Hancock Historical Museum
    Up to 20,000 people annually will have an opportunity to learn historic perspectives about agriculture at the Hancock Historical Museum. Visitors will view exhibits about the area’s agricultural heritage and discuss farming and land stewardship.
  • $2,800 - Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District
    Provides three-dimensional EnviroScape® table top models and supplies to demonstrate
    beneficial wetland functions, drinking and wastewater treatment processes, and the flow of precipitation and nonpoint source pollutants through watersheds. These will be used in programs reaching more than 2,600 students and adults each year.              
Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than July 10, and applications are due no later than July 17. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the OEEF online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.

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Ohio Materials Marketplace: a reuse/recycle solution

The Ohio EPA launched a new online platform where Ohio businesses, not-for-profits and government organizations can advertise and acquire scrap and by-product materials that might otherwise be destined for disposal in landfills. The new Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) is a free online platform allowing organizations to connect and find solutions to material reuse and recycling needs. Participants can post items for re-use or post “wanted” items.

The program facilitates a shift towards a circular, closed-loop economy. In the circular economy, products and by-products recirculate productively through reuse, remanufacturing, recycling and maintenance. Users of the OMM can make or save money by finding a market for their unwanted materials and avoiding landfill tipping fees; buyers save money by having access to sellers' discounted (or free) materials; Ohio's environment benefits by having more material removed from the waste stream.

Ohio is the first state in the U.S. to adopt a circular economy program of this scope and scale. Register here to attend an Ohio EPA webinar on Apr. 19 at 10 a.m. that will describe the platform and its benefits. Read more…

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Get recognition for your community rehab project!

Do you know of a great rehabilitation project? A special person or group who should be recognized for a significant preservation effort? An effective program, event or campaign that increased awareness of historic preservation?

Each year, the Ohio History Connection's State Historic Preservation Office recognizes achievements in historic preservation by presenting awards in two categories: Public Education and Awareness, and Preservation Merit. People, organizations, businesses and public agencies are eligible for the awards.

Anyone may submit a nomination for the 2017 State Historic Preservation Office Awards. Nominations must be postmarked by June 1. For more information, click here.

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USDA qualifies Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties as natural disaster areas due to drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 14 counties in Pennsylvania as a primary natural disaster area due to losses caused by a drought that occurred from May 1 through Dec. 10, 2016. In addition, select contiguous counties in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia are eligible as a result of the declaration on Apr. 5.

Qualified farm operators in 
Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties are eligible for the Farm Service Agency’s low-interest emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.  Read more…

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2017 County Health Rankings released; grants available

For the eighth year, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) program brings data and strategies to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is making people sick or healthy. The Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) to bring this program to cities, counties and states across the nation.

Results of the study showed that drug overdose deaths continue to be a big problem. Young people dying from drug overdoses drives up premature death rates. The rate of overdose deaths has increased 137 percent since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. From 2014 to 2015, 85 percent of the increase in premature deaths can be attributed to a sharp increase in drug deaths among Americans 15 to 44.

Click on the following links for information about key findings, 2017 Ohio county health rankings or other information at

2017 Research Grants - Funded by CHR&R, the Research Grants will serve an important role in strengthening the Rankings and improving accessibility, communication or usability of Rankings data. The brief proposal deadline is May 3. Click here for the 2017 Call for Proposals for application details and other information.

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NACo launches new civic education resources

As part of National County Government Month, the National Association of Counties (NACo), in partnership with iCivics, has launched updated and expanded versions of NACo’s civic education tools: the County Solutions curriculum and the Counties Work online game, which both teach middle and high school students how local governments operate and how they can get involved.

The state standards-aligned curriculum is available free of charge. The game, now compatible across iOS and Android tablets, allows students to simulate the role of an elected county leader responsible for balancing budgets, services and citizen requests. It’s a fast-paced game that challenges students to adjust quickly when a community crisis strikes and see how citizens react to their decisions.

NACo will host a webinar on April 20 at 4 p.m. to review these new civic resources. Click here to register.

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NACo Arts and Culture Awards applications available

The NACo Arts and Culture Award recognizes county governments for their efforts to enrich American cultural and intellectual life, promote lifelong learning and protect our national heritage. These efforts include activities from arts education to historic preservation to the support of local museums, cultural institutions and nonprofit arts organizations.

Both ongoing programs and onetime projects are eligible. The eligible program/project must have become operational after Jan. 1, 2012, and have measurable results. County officials and/or staff, as part of their official duties, must have played a significant role in developing and implementing the program or project.

Application deadline: April 17. Presentation of the award will be made at the Arts and Culture Commission Awards function held at the NACo Annual Conference hosted by Franklin County in July. For more information about the Arts and Culture Awards Program, please contact Jenna Moran, NACo program manager, at (202) 942-4224. Read more…

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NACo Annual Conference: Franklin County…here we come!

Franklin County Commissioners John O’Grady, Marilyn Brown and Kevin Boyce are proud to host the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, in Columbus, O-H…I-O!

Columbus, the 15th largest city in the country (right behind San Francisco), is the largest and fastest-growing city in Ohio. Columbus is located within a one-day drive or one-hour flight from more than half of the U.S. population. Read more…
This is a great opportunity for Ohio officials who have never attended a NACo Conference to see what they have been missing! When registering, notice the new option for those that cannot attend the entire conference - you can register for two days at a reduced price. And remember to register online to save $25! Register here…
If your county is not a member of NACo, new members that join this year get unlimited free registrations for a year…a $865 value per registration. Contact Andrew Goldschmidt, NACo membership/ marketing director, at (202) 942-4221 for membership information.

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Stepping Up: technical assistance call

Join NACo for a Stepping Up technical assistance call on Wednesday, Apr. 12 at 2 p.m. On this call, counties will engage in a facilitated discussion on the second question of the Six Questions document: Do we conduct timely screening and assessment? Counties are encouraged to sign on and join the conversation with national experts and county practitioners! Please be sure to watch the “Conducting Timely Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Jails” webinar prior to joining the call. Register here…

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Increasing community engagement in your county’s justice system webinar – April 13

Join NACo on Thursday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m. to learning from and partner with individuals and communities that have been impacted by the criminal justice system is a critical part of enhancing county justice systems. Meaningful community engagement can improve confidence in the justice system, lead to more effective programs and policies and result in improved outcomes for individuals and the system.  Register here…

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AOS to host cybersecurity seminars

Auditor of State Dave Yost's office is conducting a series of training seminars to help local government leaders in Ohio combat cyberattacks. A number of local governments have been hacked and defrauded of money. An investigator and digital forensic analyst, who is a recognized expert on cybersecurity, policy, cyberterrorism and is trained in computer forensics, network investigations and network intrusion response for the Auditor of State, is leading the training.

The following five sessions still have space available:
  • Findlay - Wednesday, April 5, 9-11 a.m., University of Findlay
  • Marietta - Wednesday, May 3, 9-11 a.m., Washington State Community College
  • Steubenville - Wednesday, May 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Jefferson County ESC George-Pugliese Training Annex
  • Dayton - Wednesday, May 10, 9-11 a.m., Montgomery County Educational Service Center
  • Delaware - Wednesday, May 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Frank B. Willis Government Building
Click here to register online.

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Cultivating healthy communities grant

The AETNA Foundation's 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant requests can range between $50,000 and $100,000 for projects that increase opportunities for low-income, minority communities to make healthy choices in the places they live, work, learn, and play. Stage 1 of this opportunity involves a short application due April 14 at 3 p.m. Aetna Foundation will invite selected applicants to submit a full Stage 2 application. Click here for the RFP and additional information.

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Youth in custody practice model initiative

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University helps juvenile correctional agencies and facility providers implement comprehensive and effective approaches for serving youth in post-dispositional residential care. The Youth in Custody Practice Model, an 18-month training and technical assistance period, runs from Sept. 1, to March 1, 2019. Application deadline: May 19.

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